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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a short honeymoon in January. Stayed in a logcabin with a glass half igloo at one end all the time, instead of part here and part in an all glass igloo. Did this because it had all the advantages of the glass igloo but with more space and comfort in our minds. Food in the restaurant was really good and they had better cold weather gear than we took. The guides were informative and gave just the right amount of information for each event we had booked. Really magical and quiet.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jmaydew2018
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kakslauttanen, Manager at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Guest,

It's great to hear you had a wonderful honeymoon in Kakslauttanen staying in our Kelo-Glass Igloo, and that the activities were enjoyable as well.

Thank you for the review, and we hope to see you back here soon!

Kakslauttanen Team

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Reviewed 7 June 2018

My husband and I visited Kakslauttanen two years ago. I am new to TripAdvisor and this place came to mind in order to review because it was such a big trip for us.

We stayed in an igloo during the Autumn, which I don't recommend. Not because the igloos aren't cute and great (they totally are), but because we picked the wrong season. We were hoping to see the northern lights so we went during a time of year there was supposed to be a solar flare time (we didn't get the chance to, as it was cloudy during our stay). It was our mistake in going for that, as opposed to trying to go when there was snow/clear skies. The issue is that if you don't go during the winter and there isn't snow, there is quite a bit of mud. Aside from this, the resort has AMAZING food and the staff is all great! Honestly, just be careful on the time of year. It's really meant for the winter, which is totally on us for not picking correctly.

The reason I'm leaving 4/5 is the dog sledding area. The man responsible for that attraction cares about the dogs very much. It was obvious. He was bothered, as we were, that the drainage is not great during the rainier seasons. It's very expensive to install proper drainage in this remote area and over such a large space, but the result of not doing so equates to less than ideal conditions/pooling water all around the pooches during the times with heavy rainfall. They were all soaked and without ability to avoid the puddles. It was a known issue two years ago though, so it's possible they've remedied this issue since our stay. My husband is a veterinarian and we are animal lovers, so this one tidbit stuck out to us more than it may to others. Since dogsledding is such a big attraction for arctic vacation spots, it would be great if management made the decision to allocate some $ to solve this problem.

If going to Finland, try the blueberry juice! It's delish.

Our travel was in Sept 2016.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Stephanie T
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kakslauttanen, Manager at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you very much for your review, and it's great to hear you enjoyed your time here! We're constantly thinking of new ways to offer unique experiences and since you've visited there have been numerous improvements, and we've also added an art gallery and a glass igloo tower to our list of things to see.

Thank you again, and we hope to see you back soon!

Kakslauttanen Team

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Can I just say .. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is an OFF THE CHART AMAZING place to visit ...
Been there twice in two years .. First time, I went in March 2017 to see the Northern Lights. Didn't see it .. but found something even more impressive .. the most beautiful place on Earth! ... Magical wonderous land .. covered in the softness purest blanket of snow you will ever see in your life ...

Love it so much, I went back in Jan 2018 again. No expectations to see the lights .. just wanted to stay there to be in a place of such amazing beauty .. peace and quiet.
Would definitely recommend this place for all the INFJ personalities out there! ;-)

OK .. on to some descriptions of the place ..
How to get there:
I live in Sydney, Australia, so - we flew to London, then took a connecting Finnair flight to Helsinki. Stayed overnight there at Airport Hilton (very handy .. 3 mins walk from undercover from airport to front door of the Hilton). Then caught 10am Finnair flight to Ivalo.
Flights to Helsinki and Ivalo are quite frequent through the day so you don't need to stay overnight at Helsinki, but I prefer to, as I really enjoy the day flight to Ivalo .. get to see the beauty of the Finnish countryside covered in snow .. a really special thing to see ..

Arrive at Ivalo. There is a public bus that runs to the East village of the resort for €10/pp from memory .. or you can arrange a transfer from the resort for about €30/pp .. Public bus has a schedule you can find on Google. From East village the resort can arrange free transfer to West village.

Resort is divided into East and West village. I've only stayed at West Village. from what I can gather, it has the better access to facilities (dining area, activities etc) and seems to be the larger (and slightly more expensive) side of the resort.

Stayed in the Kelo-Glass igloo .. a log cabin with massive glass igloo on the front end where you can sleep under the stars (and aurora if it is visible).
Cabins are just the most beautiful accommodation you could hope for .. very natural .. clean .. enormous .. and appropriate for the environment. A modern hotel room would be totally out of character for this environment.
These cabins have two joined single beds under the glass igloo part, and a king size bed inside the cabin ... plus a bunk couch that could sleep up to 3 young kids (not sure if the resort would let you do this, and they dont provide pillows or blankets for this but they would definitely fit).
Outside - the weather for my visits have been about -15 to -25 degrees C. So you definitely need super cold weather gear .. the trick is to layer your clothe to make it easy to keep warm but take off the outer layers when you get indoors. Inside the rooms it is a little cool at around 18 degrees C (just an my estimate), but warm enough to walk around with just a pair of jeans and long sleeve t-shirt.
There is a lovely fire place inside the cabin .. buy firewood delivered daily for about €15 per load. pre-buy about 1 load per day should be fine as you'll mostly be out and about and only use the firewood as a novelty and entertainment more than anything ...
There is also a sauna in the cabin but the heater is a little fiddly to use so I mostly didn't bother.
there is also a basic but functional shower which gives delightfully hot water when you come in from the freeezing cold!

Breakfast and dinner (included in the accommodation fee) is offered at the main lodge about 10mins walk from the cabin I stayed in .. but it is an amazing beautiful walk past pure white snow covered trees, cabins and land ...
Main lodge is another beautiful sight to see .. wooden carvings, friendly staff, and great meals make it all an amazing experience. To be honest, it isn't Michelin star type of food (but it is very yummy nonetheless) .. but if you're visiting this resort for the food you've entirely missed the point! There are bars there, but i haven't seen them staffed .. cheaper places to go get tanked if that's what you're looking for ..
But they can whip up a cocktail or beer if you're looking for a nice relaxing drink .. just ask.

Plenty of activities to fill 3-5 days depending on the pace you want to do things .. Dog Sled, Horse Sleigh, Reindeer sleigh, Snow mobile. Skiing track, .. Chapel carved out of ice .. heaps to see and do walking around the resort.
I didn't bother renting a car, but you could go in to town on a public bus if you wanted to .. about a 20-30min bus ride from memory.

I'll definitely be going back again next year .. and planning to make this an annual trip .. very exxy but worth every cent to capture that peace and beauty of this amazing patch on Earth!

Ask me any questions,. Happy to answer what I can.

For completeness .. I do not work for, or have any business relationship with the resort other than as a paying guest .. and absolutely love it that way!

Room Tip: Pick West side Kelo-Glass cabin, or anything west side.
  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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20  Thank Jedik9
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kakslauttanen, Manager at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Dear Guest,

We're delighted that you enjoyed your second time with us in Kakslauttanen, and we're very appreciative that you took the time to write such a detailed and helpful review. It'll surely help many of our future guests!

One thing we'd like to point out is that while Kelo-Glass Igloos are only available in our west village - which is indeed the larger of the two - in terms of price, activities and accessibility to the dining area, both villages have the same exact service level. The only difference is the location.

Thank you again, and we hope to see you for the third time soon!

Kakslauttanen Team

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

My son and I stayed in a glass igloo for a couple of nights in early March, which was amazing. One night was perfectly clear and so we could see the Northern Lights and the stars, while lying in bed. The igloos themselves are very basic, but relatively comfortable. There are two beds and a small separate toilet area. There are no showers in the igloo so one has to go to the sauna area for a shower, which was one of the few negatives. The overall resort has a variety of activities such as dogsledding that one can do during the day, while there is a main restaurant the serves pretty good food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The staff were all friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Glass igloos are awesome.
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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2  Thank Robert W
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kakslauttanen, Manager at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Dear Robert,

Great to hear that you and your son had a fantastic time in Kakslauttanen. Thank you for taking the time to write the review, and we hope to see you back again soon!

Kakslauttanen Team

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Nice place to get away into the Arctic Circle with surprisingly upscale conditions. We stayed in a premier cabin/Igloo site that had room to sleep at least 6 adults. Our site was a good half mile walking from the main builoding where registration, restaurant and bar, gift shop, snack shop, and activities pick-up and drop-off was located. Since the place has snow most of the season one must plan when to take the hike back and forth from your cabin. The food was great including local fish, reindeer, and dessert delights. The hotel staff and restaurant staff were positive and polite. The rooms were clean. The room staff attentive and prompt. And the resort's and outside activities menu was awesome. We drove dog sleds and snowmobiles and got pulled by reindeer. A trip to the local Sami tribe farm was educational. We saw the Northern Lights and felt we could touch the stars. Would be better only if the rooms had wifi and TV.

Stayed: April 2018
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kakslauttanen, Manager at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Dear Guest,

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time here in Kakslauttanen, and the accommodation, food as well as the activities were to your liking. While TV's are likely not coming any time soon, we're working on improving our wi-fi coverage. Hopefully we see you back soon and you can enjoy the improvements!

Kakslauttanen Team

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